When It’s Not Working, Get a New Strategy

Morning! Smile

Breakfast du joir:

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I just finished training a couple clients, and I’m taking a quick breakfast ‘n blog break before the next one!

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Great Harvest Bread’s Cran Apple Nine Grain (new favorite alert!!) w/ a little sun butter and a side of green smoothie. Yum! Smile

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Have I told you guys I’ve become a spin freak again lately? I think it’s because I’ve been switching up my instructors. Each different time I’ve been going, I get a different one, and it’s nice to switch it up! I met a client early yesterday and was able to hit up a class FINALLY (Clarabelle derailed my spinning plans earlier this week.)

Of course after spin class, I was ravenous, and luckily the amount of time between end of workout and food to face was minimal.

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Thank yoooou, leftovers!

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Pinto Bean enchiladas, anyone?

Yes it’s lacking veggies, but my lunch had a lot of broccoli, don’t you worry Winking smile

With dinner, I ate my two horse pills filled with magnesium.

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random fact: I am a 26 year old who still can’t swallow pills. Any pills bigger than the size of a pencil eraser I must hide in my food. I know. I’m special.

It may be my just willing it to work, but I think I’m noticing the effects of these magnesium tablets already! I feel calmer and definitely less anxious (especially before bed.) Male readers close your eyes, but I think it even lessened the effects of PMS this month!

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A Different Strategy for Running

So if you’re a regular reader of this blog, then it’s no secret that I have a recurring hip/sciatica injury.

Over the past year, I’ve noticed it flares up during one of three times:

1) when I run long runs 9 miles or more
2) when I run too often
3) when I run more than one speedwork session per week

This is not conducive to the 15k I have coming up in a couple weeks as well as my Rock n Roll Chicago half marathon in August. But don’t be fooled, I still fully intend on running both of these races. I just have a new strategy.

A few days ago, I read on Matt’s blog about Crossfit’s way of training for a marathon. Clearly I’m not training for any marathons any time soon, but these races are longer than my typical runs. Basically, Cross fit Endurance says that you can train for a marathon without the typical long slow distance (LSD) runs. This immediately appealed to me because of problem #1 up there.

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I never feel like death during a long race because of my endurance. My endurance is pretty stellar right now. What makes me want to throw in the towel is my hip pain or another nagging pain.

Cross Fit Endurance says if you can run 10 miles, you can run a marathon if you train hard other days of the week through anaerobic training, or high intensity training. Think anaerobic=no air, which=breathless in terms of cardio and in terms of lifting means you should only be able to lift a few reps (read: heavy.) Aerobic would be your cardio you can with stain for an extended period of time and lifting where it’s more like body pump – many reps with less weight. 

What’s your opinion on Cross Fit Endurance method of training for endurance races? Do you think they could be on to something? Or do you think giving up that weekend long slow distance run is insane? I’m no expert runner, but given my experience and injuries, I’m going to give my own spin on it a try!

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Well it’s that time again. I’m off to train another client! Then back here to run a 6-7 miler. I have the Steamboat Classic 15k coming up in three weeks, and I think the max I’ll train for it in 8 miles.

Have a fabulous Friday! Open-mouthed smile

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Comments

  1. I have been loving spin lately, too! There’s so much energy in the room and I always get a great workout.

    I read the post about CrossFit’s training, too. It’s definitely interesting and I’d love to hear how you like it!

  2. My brother just started swallowing tylenol. And he’s 24. I never understood it until I realized there are quite a few people that just can’t do it… weird.

  3. smaller pills are no problem, but the huge vitamins? i just can’t do it!

  4. I read an article about training for a marathon that way! I think it’s interesting to think of, and I bet it would work. Does that mean maybe a marathon is in your future?

  5. I think crossfit sounds awesome. Good plan!

  6. I am running that race too! It’s so much fun. Hilly, but fun.

    Last year was my first time running the 15km; usually I just did the 4-miles.

  7. mmm what a breakfast. I am just loving sun butter these days. Yayy for spin and switching up instructors. Glad you’ve found what works for you in terms of running. I will be excited to get back to running after the babe is born ;) Have a great weekend

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